Appreciate Tom's great pictures. Thanks.
I've seen many of these birds in the ponds in Hyde Park, London -- thousands of people picnic-ing and strolling about without paying any attention. It's wonderful to see one of their number getting such recognition on our side of the pond.
Here's the headline -- Prince Pochard Pops Pupils in the Provinces (potentially)
PS -- my recollection was that Tufted Ducks were often present with the Pochards. Hmm.
On Jan 6, 2013, at 7:33 PM, William Perry wrote:
> Tom Johnson is now hedging on his observation about the Common
> Pochard. The standard should be wild until proven otherwise; there is
> no evidence that this rarity that Sandy probably deposited in the USA is
> of captive origin. Lesson from this event - don't post non-factual
> information! Enjoy the beautiful bird!!!
> I appreciate Andy Guthrie for posting our observations of the pochard's
> leg band earlier today. While watching the duck through my scope in
> Port Henry, several of us thought that the band on the bird's right leg
> appeared to be a white plastic-type band; however, analysis of photos
> shows that it is apparently a metal ring of some kind. I don't know
> what this means with regards to this individual's origin story, but
> hopefully some further investigation of ringing practices of wild
> pochards as well as aviculture-type bands will shed some light on the
> matter. While the provenance of this bird is unknown at this point,
> what is certain is that this is a fantastic looking duck and one surely
> worthy of study.
> Additionally, the dynamic waterfowl scene around Port Henry/ Champlain
> Bridge is awe-inspiring right now.
> Chris Wood will add some photos of the pochard from Port Henry today
> (including some that show the leg band) here: flickr.com/pinicola
> Tom Johnson
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